makes six servings
4 slices bacon, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small onion, diced finely
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small red bell pepper, diced finely
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1–13.5 ounce can full-fat coconut milk
1–12 ounce can evaporated milk
½ teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
8 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons Sriracha hot chile sauce
8 ounces whole wheat macaroni, cooked according to package directions
½ cup whole wheat panko breadcrumbs
Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 11" x 7" casserole dish with cooking spray, set aside.
a Dutch oven or high-sided skillet over medium-high heat, cook the
bacon pieces until crisp. Remove the bacon pieces to drain on paper
towel, leaving the bacon grease the skillet.
in the butter, and once melted, add in the onion, garlic, and bell
pepper. Cook until just tender and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
on the flour, and stir to combine. Cook for 2 minutes, just to remove
the flour flavor. Then whisk in the coconut milk and evaporated milk.
Add in the paprika, dry mustard, and salt. And continue to cook until
mixture become just slightly thickened.
Remove mixture from heat, and stir in the cheese, continuing to stir until completely melted. Add in the Sriracha sauce.
the cooked macaroni to the sauce, and stir well to coat. Spoon the
entire mixture (extra sauce and all) into the prepared casserole dish.
In a small bowl, mix together the cooked bacon pieces and Panko. Sprinkle over top of macaroni.
Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the casserole is bubbly.
bacon recipe source: Cassie Johnston, Back to Her Roots (@backtoherroots), February 10, 2015